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Questions swirl around Las Vegas gunman’s motive, weapons

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On Sunday night, hundreds of people gathered at the Route 91 Country Music Festival in Las Vegas to watch acts like Lauren AlainaJason AldeanBig & Rich, and Luke Combs take the stage. Just after 10 p.m. local time, shots were fired from the nearby Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. Bullets littered the festival grounds as bodies dispersed. A total of 58 people (not including the gunman) lost their lives and an additional 500+ were injured.

The suspect in the shooting has been identified by police as Stephen Paddock, 64.

He committed suicide before police were able to get to his room. Law enforcement officials were alerted to his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the hotel due to a smoke alarm that was set off by the gun smoke. Upon entering the room, police found Paddock dead.

As the pieces of this heinous crime have been put together, some people have been digging deep into various conspiracy theories in an effort to explain the one question that no one can answer: Why?

Over the past 24+ hours, rampant speculation and hypothetical arguments have circulated online. While not everyone is buying into these conspiracy theories, they are certainly getting some attention on the internet today.

Here is what you need to know:


1. Law Enforcement Officials Have Not Figured Out a Motive

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Perhaps the very reason that these conspiracy theories are taking social media by storm is that Paddock’s motive is unknown. This has led to people becoming their very own detectives, trying to figure out exactly what went through Paddock’s mind, how long he’d been planning this (presuming it was pre-planned based on the fact that he had more than 10 rifles in his hotel room), and just about every other question you can think of.

“I just want closure. Why? What’s the reason that on that particular night, one individual would sacrifice everyone else for his insanity?’’ asked Herman Gold, who escaped the gunfire unharmed.


2. The Shooting Happened Near the Luxor Hotel, Which Is Shaped Like a Pyramid — a Sign of the Illuminati

The festival grounds are located across from the Luxor Hotel on the south end of the Las Vegas strip. The Luxor is known for its unique architecture as it is shaped like a pyramid and is easily distinguished. A pyramid is a known symbol of the Illuminati.

“The symbol of a pyramid has long been associated with the Illuminati, a fictitious shadowy group whose powerful members secretly control the [world],” reports Mashable.

“The Luxor is known as the Egyptian themed casino with the pyramid that has the illuminated apex and obelisk nearby. These symbols are of great usage to the ‘Illuminati’ who subscribe to many of the [magical] and esoteric concepts of ancient Egypt and its mystery schools that shared these ideas only to the initiates deemed worthy,” the Illuminati Watcher explained.

Some conspiracy theorists believe that the shooting happened at this location because it was a sign of the Illuminati. Others believe that it was some kind of public sacrifice or offering.


3. Freemasons Have Been Associated with the Illuminati & the 32nd Floor Hotel Room Is Linked, Say Theorists

First, what exactly is Freemasonry? For the sake of ease, it’s basically a fraternity. The following definition can be found on The Grand Lodge of Ohio’s website.

“Freemasonry is the oldest, largest and most widely recognized fraternal organization in the world. Founded in London, England in 1717, its current worldwide membership totals 3.6 million members, 1.6 million of which are in North America. With 120,000 Masons and 530 local Lodges, Ohio has one of the largest Masonic memberships of any state in the country. As a fraternal organization, Freemasonry unites men of good character who, though of different religious, ethnic, or social backgrounds, share a belief in the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of mankind.”

According to Ranker, George Washington, John Wayne, Oscar Wilde, Benjamin Franklin, Don Rickles, Richard Pryor, Michael Richards, Willie Mays, and several more have identified themselves as Freemasons.

A few years ago, country music star Brad Paisley opened up about being a Mason. You can watch him talk about his beliefs in the video below.

So, what do Freemasons have to do with the Las Vegas concert shooting? Paddock took aim at thousands of people from his hotel room on the 32nd floor. The number “32” is significant when it comes to being a Mason. The organization uses degrees to show rank.

The 32nd degree is known as the Master of the Royal Secret. The highest degree Mason is a 33.


4. One Witness Told Local News that a Strange Woman Told Concertgoers ‘You’re All Going to Die’ Before the Shooting

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One of the strangest accounts from that terrifying night came by way of a witness who recalled being told that she was going to die, about 45 minutes before Paddock started shooting at the crowd. The concertgoer named Brianna was celebrating her 21st birthday at the show. She recalled a weird occurrence that may have been some kind of serious warning.

“She started messing with another lady and told us that we were all going to die tonight. We went back up to the room, and as soon as we reached the room from the concert venue, we just heard constant shootings. At first we thought it was fireworks, but then it was — it was shooting,” Brianna told News3LV.

As you can probably imagine, people have been very curious about Brianna’s interview — and about this mystery woman who may have been warning people about the shooting. But how did she know?

You can watch Brianna’s interview in the video below.


5. The ‘Mystery’ Behind Paddock’s ’13’ Neck ‘Tattoo’

Last but not least, people have been talking about an apparent tattoo that was spotted on Paddock’s neck. The number “13” appears to be on his neck in the first photo that was released of him. You can make out the numbers in the photo above, as they appear right until his beard in the center of his neck.

Some people don’t believe that this is a tattoo — it could just be the way the skin on his neck was hanging. However, other people are convinced that this is some kind of sign.

There are several different things associated with the number 13. The number is “symbolic of rebellion and lawlessness,” according to the Bible Study Site. Additionally, you can find all kinds of symbolism with the number when it comes to Christian faith.

At the same time, many people believe that “13” is an unlucky number (think Friday the 13th).

The internet has been trying to figure out what that mysterious “13” is on Paddock’s neck, but there hasn’t been any confirmation about it being an actual tattoo. For now, the “13” has become part of this bigger conspiracy theory.

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Las Vegas Shooting Conspiracy Theories Surface, Illuminati & Area 51 Among Them

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Following the shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday night, several conspiracy theories have surfaced. It hasn’t been 24 hours since suspect Stephen Paddock opened fire on concertgoers attending a country music festival, firing several rounds off from his hotel room at Mandalay Bay. Paddock, 64, who was found dead by police following an apparent suicide, had more than 10 rifles in his hotel room.

So far, 58 people have been confirmed dead and an additional 500-plus were left injured, the severity of those injuries varying from minor to critical.

After hearing the news and putting all of the pieces together, several people have been questioning the story, wondering if there’s more to it than what law enforcement has reported. It is important to note here that these curiosities are made up of “hypothetical” arguments and speculation, which have been circulated, talked about, and debated on social media for the past several hours.

Some people were quick to point out that the shooting occurred near the Luxor Hotel on the Vegas strip. Since the hotel’s architecture is a pyramid, which is a known symbol of the Illuminati, this stirred up a ton of chatter.

“The Luxor is known as the Egyptian themed casino with the pyramid that has the illuminated apex and obelisk nearby. These symbols are of great usage to the ‘Illuminati’ who subscribe to many of the [magical] and esoteric concepts of ancient Egypt and its mystery schools that shared these ideas only to the initiates deemed worthy,” the Illuminati Watcher explains.

“It didn’t help anything to find out the shooting took place on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay- a number significant in Freemasonry as the 2nd to last degree of initiation,” the site adds.

For those who are unfamiliar with “Freemasonry,” it’s basically a fraternity, according to CBS News.

“Simply put, it’s the world’s oldest and largest fraternity. Its membership is a Who’s Who of world history — George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Winston Churchill, Mozart, Davy Crockett, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Houdini, Gerald Ford, Henry Ford, John Wayne, even Colonel Sanders. If you want to be a Mason, you can petition a local lodge for membership. You’ll need to demonstrate good character and belief in some sort of Supreme Being. Oh, and in almost all lodges, it’s men only.”

Many have associated Masons with the Illuminati, and Twitter has lit up with posts about one of the performers at the country music festival being a freemason.

The following photo suggests even more reasons why people are connecting the Illuminati to the Las Vegas shooting.

In addition to this, several people have been talking about information going out over the police scanners last night. There have been tweets talking about “more than one shooter,” which may have been a thought at one point in time. Although law enforcement confirmed that Paddock acted as a “lone wolf,” social media has other thoughts.

Another thing that has people scratching their heads is the story about a woman who was seen pushing through the crowd trying to leave just before shots were fired. A concertgoer named Brianna told News3LV that the woman was telling people at the concert that they were “all going to die tonight.”

“She started messing with another lady and told us that we were all going to die tonight,” Brianna told the outlet. “We went back up to the room, and as soon as we reached the room from the concert venue, we just heard constant shootings. At first we thought it was fireworks, but then it was — it was shooting.”

Below are some tweets about the shooting and the Illuminati.

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No motive, just like in many other cases of mass shooting – The World Web Times

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Vegas shooter’s girlfriend Marilou Danley arrives in Los Angeles – CNN

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Vegas shooter’s girlfriend Marilou Danley arrives in Los Angeles
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Las Vegas shooting: Paddock’s ‘girlfriend’ arrives in US – BBC News

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Las Vegas shooting: Paddock’s ‘girlfriend’ arrives in US
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Stephen Paddock Had Deadly But Legal Gun Device That ‘Simulates Automatic Fire’ – HuffPost

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Stephen Paddock Had Deadly But Legal Gun Device That ‘Simulates Automatic Fire’
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Las Vegas gunman was prescribed Valium, girlfriend faces questions – The Australian

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Las Vegas gunman was prescribed Valium, girlfriend faces questions
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The girlfriend of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, Filipina-Australian Marilou Danley, has landed back in the US to face questions about the shooting and money sent overseas just before it. Ms Danley, accompanied by FBI agents, arrived back in the US …
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Marilou Danley: What We Know So Far as Las Vegas Shooter’s Girlfriend Returns to US – Newsweek

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Marilou Danley: What We Know So Far as Las Vegas Shooter’s Girlfriend Returns to US
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Las Vegas woman witnessed shooting from inside Mandalay Bay – FOX5 Las Vegas

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Las Vegas woman witnessed shooting from inside Mandalay Bay
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Las Vegas shooting: Paddock placed cameras in hotel – BBC News

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Las Vegas shooting: Paddock placed cameras in hotel
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Las Vegas shooting: Stephen Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, returns to US, reports say – USA TODAY

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Las Vegas shooting: Stephen Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, returns to US, reports say
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The girlfriend of Stephen Paddock, the man who massacred nearly 60 people attending a music festival in Las Vegas, has returned to the United States from the Philippines, according to media reports. Marilou Danley, 62, was met at Los Angeles and more »

Was Marilou Danley a bigamist?: Girlfriend of Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock ‘was married to two men at once and … – Daily Mail

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Las Vegas shooting: Gunman fired for 9 to 11 minutes, police say – CNN

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Las Vegas shooting: Gunman fired for 9 to 11 minutes, police say
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Las Vegas Shooting: Gunman Wired Thousands to Philippines Days Before Attack – New York Times

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Las Vegas Shooting: Gunman Wired Thousands to Philippines Days Before Attack
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How the Las Vegas Shooting Could Change Police Tactics – New York Times

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How the Las Vegas Shooting Could Change Police Tactics
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Digital Disaster: Facebook, Google carry fake news on Las Vegas shooting – Fox News

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Digital Disaster: Facebook, Google carry fake news on Las Vegas shooting
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Investigators turn to Las Vegas gunman’s girlfriend in effort to determine his motive – Washington Post

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Investigators turn to Las Vegas gunman’s girlfriend in effort to determine his motive
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Las Vegas shooting probe turns to Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley – amNY

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Las Vegas shooting probe turns to Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley
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